Burnett injured in bunting drill

A.J. Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American...

A.J. Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

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Pirates right-hnder A.J. Burnett fouled a bunt into his right eye Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla., and was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh for further examination.

Pirates pitchers were taking part in a bunting tournament when Burnett redirected a toss from a pitching machine. The ball went under the brim of Burnett's helmet and smacked him in the eye, drawing blood, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The 35-year-old pitcher was obtained from the New York Yankees in a trade two weeks ago.


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